Motor vehicle collisions can lead to trauma and life-altering injuries. Few collisions have the potential to be as devastating and catastrophic as a collision that occurs between a commercial truck and a smaller passenger vehicle.
Moving on with your life after such a crash may seem nearly impossible, especially in the first days or weeks after the wreck occurs. Thankfully, as your injuries heal and the dust settles, it will be much easier for you to plot a path forward after the crash.
You need to get medical care and possibly counseling
The first and most important thing you can do for yourself is to invest in your health after a crash. Rather than minimizing what medical care you receive because you are out of work, you should get all the treatment that is required for a full recovery.
While you may have mediocre health insurance, the policy carried by the transportation company involved can help cover your costs. Immediate trauma care isn’t all that you may need to recover fully. You may need to commit to ongoing physical therapy for months.
In some cases, you may also need to pursue mental health care in addition to physical health care. The more traumatizing the crash was and the more it has affected your daily behavior, the more likely it is that you would benefit from counseling.
Make the most of the insurance available
With the exception of very light commercial vehicles only traveling in Texas, most commercial vehicles will have six figures of liability coverage or more. Vehicles hauling petroleum products have to carry a million dollars in liability coverage or more.
You should not have to cope with the consequence of losing weeks of income or amounting pile of hospital bills. The insurance carried by the truck driver or their employer can provide you with the resources you need during your recovery.
Rebuild your confidence on the road
Whether you need to invest in a larger vehicle or take a defensive driving class, you will have to regain your sense of security out on the road eventually. It can be hard to overcome the sense of fear if you have already been in a crash that left you with massive injuries or emotional trauma.
However, driving is a very necessary part of modern life in Texas. When you keep your focus on your long-term recovery and set achievable goals, you will soon find your life returning to something that feels normal for you.
Taking good care of yourself is an important part of recovering after a commercial trucking collision.